The Associate of Science in Business degree program that focuses on today’s increasingly complicated business environment. It introduces students to basic knowledge of the economic and business climate in the modern workforce.

The Associate of Science in Business degree requires completion of twenty (20) courses for sixty (60) credits. The same course may not be used to fulfill multiple requirements in general education and major areas of this degree program.

Program Objectives

  • Develop students’ understanding of the functional fields of business and their interrelationships in complex organizations.
  • Identify and analyze economic climate and business trends in a global business context.
  • Through degree completion, demonstrate the depth of knowledge sought by employers for entry level in the business field.
  • Prepare for continued study in the field of business.

The Associate of Science in Business degree program consists of a total of 20 courses:

General Education

English Composition and Oral Communication 2 Courses 6 Credits
Mathematics & Statistics 1 Course 3 Credits
Natural Sciences 1 Course 3 Credits
Critical Reasoning 1 Course 3 Credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 Courses 9 Credits
Humanities 2 Courses 6 Credits
Major Electives 6 Courses 18 Credits
General Electives 4 Courses 12 Credits


General Education Requirements

The general education component is designed to emphasize cognitive development and is “general” in the following ways:

  • It is not directly related to students’ formal technical, vocational, or professional preparation
  • It is a part of every student’s course of study, regardless of his/her area of emphasis
  • It is intended to impart common knowledge, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that provide a foundation upon which students can build a rewarding educational experience.

Through NCU’s general education courses, students will acquire the breadth of knowledge characteristic of a liberal arts education.

A.S. in Business Major Electives Six Courses (18 Credits)

The major electives are designed to develop experience in the discipline and may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses.

General Electives Four Courses (12 Credits)

In order to develop additional depth and breadth in their major, students are encouraged to take intermediate or advanced courses in discipline-related areas. General elective courses may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses and may not duplicate courses that meet any other curriculum requirement.


A.S. in Business Recommended Degree Plan

Associate of Science in Business

Term Course No. Course Name Credits
1 FN101 Academic Strategies 3
CS110 Introduction to Computers 3
PF102 Professionalism 3
MA125 College Algebra 3
2 CM220 Presentation Skills 3
EN111 Composition I 3
CM101 Principles of Human Communication 3
GS150 General Biology 3
3 PY141 General Psychology 3
HI171 Western Civilization I 3
CM280 Introduction to Film 3
PF280 Diversity and Inclusion 3
4 SO241 General Sociology 3
BA271 Macroeconomics 3
EN221 American Literature I 3
BA272 Microeconomics 3
5 CM365 Developing Critical Thinking Skills 3
CM301 Survey of Communication 3
BA375 Ethical Decision Making 3
CM458 Conflict Management 3
 Total Credits Required for Associate’s Degree: 60